At their April 16, 2019 DWGTF Advisory Commission meeting, the Advisory Commission voted unanimously to adopt the 2019 Award Plan, the funding applications for Annual Drinking Water Construction Projects Assistance Program and the funding and eligibility applications for the Source Water Protection Grant Program.
The 2019 Award Plan has been prepared to inform stakeholders on the intended use of the DWGTF in 2019 and presents the target allocation for grants and loans. Applicants should also refer to the other relevant rules and guidance, such as the Commission’s Rules for Construction Projects and Rules for Source Water Protection Grants (Construction Rules and Source Water Protection Rules, respectively), available on the DWGTF website as well as applicable rules promulgated by the N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services (NHDES) (expected to be adopted this summer). The Commission Rules, the 2019 Award Plan, and the applications are structured in a way to supplement the other documents. It is by design that a potential applicant reviewing all the materials will have a much clearer understanding of the types of projects the Advisory Commission wants to fund and how to apply for those funds.
The 2019 Award Plan describes three major funding categories: construction projects, source water protection projects, and NHDES activities. It is important for applicants to understand that the Commission reserves the right to implement its programs with flexibility. The key takeaways from the 2019 Award Plan include the 2019 Conceptual Funding and Application Model (Figure 1), Section 5.0 which further defines the programs presented in Figure 1, and Attachments B and C.
As previously posted, the DWGTF Advisory Commission voted on the deadlines for applications associated with the annual drinking water construction projects assistance program and source water protection grant program. Eligibility applications for the Source Water Protection Grant Program are due on June 28, 2019. Funding applications for the Source Water Protection Grant Program and the Annual Drinking Water Construction Assistance Program are due on September 13, 2019.
The Annual Drinking Water Construction Assistance Program is not being run in tandem with State’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) loan program in 2019. The DWGTF Advisory Commission recognized some of the confusion this caused in 2018 and the message to the stakeholders is the two programs are very different. The schedule they have approved allows applicants to apply to the DWSRF in June and know their funding status by September in order to decide the next steps to take for funding requests with the DWGTF. As you review the funding applications, you’ll notice that not only is the length different from the DWSRF applications, there are many questions that are structured for the applicant to understand what the Advisory Commission considers important aspects of the project and allows the applicant to provide the 19-member commission as much information as possible about their project.
The Source Water Protection Grant Program applications (eligibility and funding) have also been revised with the intention of providing as much information as possible to the Advisory Commission. The applications incorporate the criteria outlined in the Source Water Protection Rules and request additional information regarding project support, etc.
With all the changes made to the applications and the new concept of an award plan, NHDES expects you may have some questions. Do not hesitate to reach out to Erin Holmes, DWGTF Administrator at Erin.Holmes@des.nh.gov. We are here to help you with the process.